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‘Most Fantastic Basket Contest’ Invites Disc Golfers to Submit Ideas

Improvements to the Carroll Marty Disc Golf Course planned this spring include an opportunity for disc golfers to provide their own spin on a pin. Ames Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the “Most Fantastic Basket” contest to add one or more unique baskets to the 18-hole course located at 1500 Gateway Hills Park Drive. 

Planned course improvements include replacing all the baskets and redesigning several approaches to keep the entire course contained to the north side of Worrell Creek. One or more basket designs will be left open to the public. The contest asks partic... Read Full Blog

Climate Action Plan Survey Available on City Website until Feb. 6

A survey to generate feedback from Ames residents on barriers to their own conservation efforts is available on the City’s website. The short survey asks participants to share their thoughts on assistance they may need to make home improvements or lifestyle changes to reduce their own carbon footprint. The survey is available at https://www.cityofames.org/living/sustainability-in-ames/climate-action-plan-feedback-survey-4393 or by going to www.CityOfAmes.org and looking for “In the Spotlight” on the front page. The survey will remain available through Monday, Feb. 6.

The City of A... Read Full Blog

Nominations Accepted for ‘Home for Everyone’ Award

The Ames Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for its annual “Home for Everyone” award. The award honors a worthy individual or organization that has contributed to providing housing opportunities that enhance the quality of life for members of disadvantaged populations. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must provide housing in Ames.

The recipient of the award will be recognized in April, which is Fair Housing Month.

“Housing is a fundamental human need,” said Jahmai Fisher, chair of the Human Relations Commission. “The Home for Everyone award... Read Full Blog

Nominations Sought for Historic Preservation Awards

The Ames Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2023 Preservation Awards Program. This program recognizes a variety of historic preservation activities, including work on building exteriors, site work, and other notable contributions to preservation in Ames.

The historic resources that are nominated must be located within the city limits of Ames, have undergone historic rehabilitation, restoration, or historic preservation, and be at least 50 years old. Additionally, architecturally compatible structures may be nominated. The structural work or other notab... Read Full Blog

Nominations Sought for Humanitarian Award; Application Deadline Is Dec. 9

The Ames Human Relations Commission (AHRC) is seeking nominations for its annual Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes and honors a worthy individual whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, including efforts to promote diversity, fairness, and equality. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a resident of Ames.

The recipient of the award will be recognized during the community celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

The Humanitarian Award application is available on the City’s webs... Read Full Blog

Feedback Sought on Parks and Recreation Disabilities Act Compliance Plan

The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department is completing a Transition Plan for existing parks and facilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To better understand what is important to the community, three public meetings have been scheduled to gather feedback about preferences and priorities regarding accessibility for those with disabilities.

All meetings will be in-person in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium at Ames Public Library,
515 Douglas Ave. The 6 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26, will offer both in-person and virtual attendance optio... Read Full Blog

CAPER Available for Public Review

The 2021-2022 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for a 15-day public comment period that will end on Thursday, Nov. 3. The CAPER is a document required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide Ames citizens information on the City of Ames’ achievements during the past year using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the program year July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Copies of the CAPER are available for review Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Department of Planning and Housing, Roo... Read Full Blog

Town Budget Meeting Set for November 1

The City of Ames budget process kicks off in the fall with the annual Town Budget Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.1, in the City Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall, 515 Clark Ave. 

A brief overview of the City’s budget, including revenue and expenses, will be presented. This is followed by a time for citizens to give input and ask questions regarding the coming year’s budget. The meeting is broadcast and streamed live at www.CityOfAmes.org and on the City’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Viewers may call in questions to 515.239.5214 or submit q... Read Full Blog

Nominations Accepted for Humanitarian Award

The Ames Human Relations Commission (AHRC) is seeking nominations for its annual Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes and honors a worthy individual whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, including efforts to promote diversity, fairness, and equality. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a resident of Ames.

The recipient of the award will be recognized during the community celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

The Humanitarian Award application is available on the City’s webs... Read Full Blog

Residents Sought for Appointment to Ames Public Art Commission

Mayor John Haila is looking for Ames residents interested in volunteering their time to serve on the Public Art Commission. There are currently four openings on the Commission.

The 14-member Public Art Commission establishes public art philosophy, develops a public art plan for the City, monitors the public art budget and recommends funding allocations for public art within City facilities, develops guidelines for selecting artwork, seeks private and governmental funding for public art, and develops educational, promotional projects for public arts programming.

“Voluntee... Read Full Blog

EPA Releases New Health Advisory Levels; Ames Water Exceeds Two

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 15, 2022, it has significantly lowered Health Advisory levels for two chemicals and issued new Health Advisory levels for two additional chemicals. All four chemicals are part of a family often referred to as “forever chemicals.” Ames drinking water currently exceeds two of the new advisory levels (PFOA and PFOS).

“The Ames Water Plant has been closely monitoring both the science and the emerging regulatory framework around PFAS for several years,” said Water & Pollution Control Director John Dunn. “We have proac... Read Full Blog